M-Audio’s Hammer 88 is a fully weighted 88-note keyboard with a very attractive price tag.
There are many computer-based MIDI musicians who need extensive real-time control over their software and hardware, typically in the form of a well-specified keyboard controller bristling with knobs, faders and buttons (and, of course, lots of LEDs). However, not everyone needs an all-singing, all-dancing keyboard controller, requiring only an 88-note weighted keyboard with a decent feel, and just enough additional features to perform a handful of basic/essential functions, so it would clearly make no sense to shell out big bucks for features that will never be used. With those requirements in mind, Hammer 88 fits the bill rather nicely.
The first impression on unpacking the Hammer 88 was how solid and...
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